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9/17/2018

A school district in Texas has banned students from using their cellphones while on campus, buses or at extracurricular events, saying the devices cause distractions during and after school. Seven other districts, however, are not considering bans, though they have implemented policies aimed at curbing distraction while supporting instructional use.

9/17/2018

A phishing campaign is targeting email accounts of federal financial-aid recipients, according to the US Department of Education. The emails have been received by students at multiple colleges and seek to mine students' personal information and steal their federal student-aid refunds.

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9/17/2018

Some students in the UK will begin playing a socially conscious video game in schools as soon as 2020. Researchers at Huddersfield University say the video game, which includes five 20-minute segments, has the potential to help curb violence and help students learn about healthy relationships.

9/14/2018

School districts nationwide are facing increasing cyberattacks, but many are working to increase their digital security. In one North Carolina school district, officials have begun requiring vendors to sign user data agreements, and in Indianapolis, the district launched an anti-phishing campaign following a ransomware attack.

9/14/2018

Teachers are motivated by four key considerations when they look to make changes to instruction, according to a report from the Christensen Institute. The study found that teacher's top motivation was the promise of making things more manageable.

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9/14/2018

Some educators may be unintentionally violating the federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, which seeks to safeguard student records, says LeRoy Rooker of the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers. Rooker shares ways schools can improve data practices, including vetting vendors to ensure they are FERPA compliant.

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EdSurge
9/13/2018

A yearlong study of a fifth-grade teacher who uses flipped instruction shows the technique can help students understand math and enable teachers to improve their teaching. Researcher Corey Webel, an assistant professor at the University of Missouri, said sending videos home with students helps parents better understand math concepts, so they can give their children more guidance.

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University of Missouri
9/13/2018

The use of voice-activated, artificial intelligence devices come with the potential for data-privacy risks, asserts Eileen Belastock, director of academic technology and chief technology officer for a Massachusetts school district. In this Q&A, Belastock addresses the risks and shares how to raise awareness among teachers.

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9/12/2018

About 41% of adults say they would consider going back to school to earn a degree or certificate in cybersecurity, according to a survey from Champlain College Online. Those who responded said their motivations included better pay and job security.

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Campus Technology
9/12/2018

Verizon has invited education nonprofit groups to pitch ideas for solving education issues -- such as poor support for students with special needs -- using 5G wireless, along with augmented reality, virtual reality, artificial intelligence or machine learning technology. The winners will receive $1 million in prize money, plus opportunity to implement their solutions in select schools in 2019.

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